We start this weeks images of the week with a postering campaign by nice, friendly, educated photo-journalists who illegally put up wheatpastes of their artistry this week in many parts of the city. “We’re not trying to vandalize,” says a member of #Dysturb in an article published yesterday by The New York Times, “It’s pure journalism”. Following on the heels of the arrest of wheatpaster COST the week before, you have to wonder if these folks, whose full names are given in the Times piece, will gather praise or condemnation for doing essentially the same thing.
Or is there a difference? Not quite Street Art, not quite a campaign for a concert or a perfume or shampoo, these folks use the same techniques as many others on the streets and say it is for high-minded purposes. Similarly, there are a number of Street Artists who address social and political themes which we all could agree on are honorable in some way or another. Gentrification, child slavery, sexual harassment, racism, the housing crisis, indigenous peoples issues, human trafficking, environmental issues – all of these have been addressed on the streets in the last handful of years by artists whose work we follow and present here daily. The waters are invariably muddy when it comes to this form of expression.
On a related side note: It is interesting that in published articles about COST and #Dysturb, we learn what kind of ride they each have; Porshe versus Cadillac. We totally have to up our game next time we rent a Zipcar to go on a studio visit.
Meanwhile, here’s our weekly interview with the street, this week featuring #Dysturb, Clint Mario, Crummy Gummy, James Bullough, ME, Myth, Pyramid Oracle, Ramiro Davros-Coma, Sexer, She Wolf, Smarty, Smeller, and Thievin’ Stephen.
Top Image >>#Dysturb photograph by Alvaro Canovas. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pyramid Oracle for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Pyramid Oracle (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Crummy Gummy. It is a fact of life that in order to make it in NYC one should be equipped with more than one skill and be prepared to work more than one job at a time. E.T. knows the drill and to that extent he wants you to know that if his acting chops are not what you are looking for perhaps you might consider his exotic good looks and hire him as a spokesmodel for an advertisement campaign. Also, his keyboard skills are fierce. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Yeah, you and me both, doll. Sexer for The Bushwick Collective. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Myth dips back to the nineties for this version of Darkwing Duck. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
A singular Mexican musician here to serenade a senorita outside the window. Artist Unknown (photo © Jaime Rojo)
The tide is high. Ramiro Davaros-Coma (photo © Jaime Rojo)
An illustration outside Lucky Chengs in The Lower East Side. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
FRESH! Me and Clint Mario team again for this telephone booth take over. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Smeller and Smarty on a sunny day. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Thievin Stephen has all the fried chicken you can eat for The Bushwick Collecive (photo © Jaime Rojo)
She Wolf (photo © Jaime Rojo)
James Bullough for The Bushwick Collecive (photo © Jaime Rojo)
HOME (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Untitled. NYC Sky Landscape. August 2014. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
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